Beastly Beauty (Hardcover)

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From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly comes a revolutionary, gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast that will forever change how you think about beauty, power, and what it really means to follow your heart.

What makes a girl "beastly?" Is it having too much ambition? Being too proud? Taking up too much space? Or is it just wanting something, anything, too badly?

That's the problem Arabella faces when she makes her debut in society. Her parents want her to be sweet and compliant so she can marry well, but try as she might, Arabella can't extinguish the fire burning inside her -- the source of her deepest wishes, her wildest dreams.

When an attempt to suppress her emotions tragically backfires, a mysterious figure punishes Arabella with a curse, dooming her and everyone she cares about, trapping them in the castle. As the years pass, Arabella abandons hope. The curse is her fault -- after all, there's nothing more "beastly" than a girl who expresses her anger -- and the only way to break it is to find a boy who loves her for her true self: a cruel task for a girl who's been told she's impossible to love.

When a handsome thief named Beau makes his way into the castle, the captive servants are thrilled, convinced he is the one to break the curse. But Beau -- spooked by the castle's strange and forbidding ladies-in-waiting, and by the malevolent presence that stalks its corridors at night -- only wants to escape. He learned long ago that love is only an illusion. If Beau and Arabella have any hope of breaking the curse, they must learn to trust their wounded hearts, and realize that the cruelest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves.

About the Author

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of A Northern Light, which was awarded a Printz Honor and a Carnegie Medal; Revolution (named a Best Book by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library, and nominated for a Carnegie Medal); the Deep Blue series; and many other books for young readers, including Lost in a Book, which spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

Praise For…

Praise for Stepsister:

*"The gorgeous prose and the fairy-tale themes have obvious appeal, but the real strengths here are the depth of character across the board; the examination of the cost of beauty in a world that reveres it; and Isabelle herself, a shattered but not unreedemable girl with a warrior's heart." -- Booklist, starred review

"A breathlessly exciting and utterly satisfying fairy tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This is another needed voice exposing cultural myths that suffocate girls in the name of likability and pit them against one another in the name of beauty." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for Poisoned:

"An empowering and action-packed feminist retelling that will be popular with fantasy and fairy tale-loving teens." -- School Library Journal

"[Sophie's] is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, wrapped up in a thrilling fantasy adventure." -- The Guardian

"Donnelly thoughtfully and critically unwinds the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves... With adept prose, Donnelly twists the familiar story until it bursts, artfully examining the forces that motivate us... A finale hints that more variations on this theme are to come, and readers will welcome them." -- Booklist

"A good accompaniment to Donnelly's own Stepsister and Haydu's Ever Cursed." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lush prose depicts a vaguely Germanic fantasy landscape populated with intriguing legends and creepy horrors." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338809442
ISBN-10: 133880944X
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English